As you can tell, the blog has gotten a bit of a makeover. Unless you are looking at this post right after I publish it, in which case I haven't redecorated it yet and thank you for being such a devoted reader/robot: You get a gold star!
Everybody else, ignore the gold star. You don't deserve it.
Anywho...Summer Reading sign ups start Friday, June 1st. This year our theme is Own the Night, and we'll be bringing lots of night-timish funness, as well as some fabulous prizes you can earn for the reading you do this summer. Look below for some recommendations to get you started, stop by the children's or YA reference desks to sign up, and check out this hilarious take on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, brought to you by Teen Library Council:
And now for the actual Mash Day part of this Mash Day post. In mere days you will be off school, and you will have ample time to goof off. Well, you know, when you're not working, or mowing the lawn or whatever. Spend the summer catching up on your reading. We recommend these breezy books. They're quick, addictive reads through which wafts the gentle breath of evening summer. Well, that was poetic.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn: Y'all now I have to mention this book in every other blog post. It's not legally required or anything, I just really want you to read it. I swear neither Mr. Levithan or Ms. Cohn are compensating me in any way. So, Nick and Norah meet, kiss, argue, separate, re-unite, hook-up and stalk their favorite band throughout one eventful night in NYC. Sometimes, when you're just about to graduate and you meet someone who loves music almost as much as you do, you just have to fall in love, whether your exes will let you or not.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margi Stohl: Ethan's dreams provide the only modicum of excitement in his boring Southern town, but when the beautiful girl that haunts his dreams appears IRL, things begin to spice up.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: A plane load of Miss Teen Dream USA contestants crash-lands on a deserted island. Some of them survive. Together they must figure out how to stay alive using the sequins, high heels and random parts that they can scavenge from the shattered airplane. They must also contend with giant snakes, evil corporations, volatile exploding make-up powder, and really hot pirates with very poor navigation skills. Sound like fun?
There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff: What if God was a teenage guy who's mother won Earth in a poker game? What if he was completely unprepared to make and lead a planet, resulting in tragic mistakes, like famine, and happy accidents, like whales. What if teenage God keeps falling in love with human girls, leading to some of the planet's most cataclysmic events? Well, the weather may go nuts, sea life may raise from the ocean, and someone just may need to stage a coup in order to save humanity and prevent a perfectly lovely girl from getting her heart broken by a hapless deity.
The Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson: Various authors collaborated on this collection of stories chronicling a hot day of street ball in New York. Different characters weave in and out of these vivid stories that make you feel the vibrations of the ball pounding through the net and hear the drops of sweat plinking on the asphalt.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos: What did Jack do on his summer vacation? Well, he got his nostrils cauterized, cooked an old lady's arthritic hands in hot wax, investigated the suspicious deaths of a bunch of other old ladies, learned how to drive, and built a runway. And you thought you were busy.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey: It's summer in the southern hemisphere, and when Charlie finds a body hanging from a eucalyptus one sultry evening, he has no idea what to do about it. The main suspect convinces him to team up so they can solve the crime, but Charlie's not sure he's made a wise alliance.